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, sometimes at a hospital, some of the barriers to doing that in terms of official law and regulation have been substantial. so there are many families who lament the fact they've got a youngster who is troubling, dangerous, large, could hurt and their ability to influence that is limited. you've got to wait until somebody does something or definitive that they're going to do something to hospitalize them rather than take inaction. >> since we're talking approximate that and it's an issue in everybody's mind, what don't we know about the link between mental illness and violence that we should know? >> i think, firstly, we should know is that for the most part, mentally ill patients are not violent. more often they're victims of violence than perpetrators. you'll get a certain number who will, that's clear. but mental illness is a disease which often causes people to be timid, suspicious, isolated, afraid of other people, not necessarily coming at them in an aggressive way. having said that, you'll get the occasional instance where somebody will do something horrendous like we've seen here
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